Category: Cool Stuff

AirPods Review in The Seattle Times

When Apple announced AirPods, the wireless earbuds, I thought they looked cool, but they didn’t really catch my attention. I already owned a pair of Bluetooth headphones, and regular earbuds have generally worked just fine in my ears. And then people started to rave about them. As I mention in this week’s Practical Mac column ...

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Anne Livingston’s Soup Zine

With the new year, I and many other people are trying to figure out ways we can help people and causes that need assistance. My friend Anne Livingston just created a great one: Soup Zine, a “hand-illustrated mini cookbook [that] shares easy recipes and pro tips for comforting soups to keep you warm all winter.” ...

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Sticking Close to HomeKit at The Seattle Times

I dipped my toes into HomeKit recently, and now I’m waist-deep into smart home technology. For my latest Practical Mac column at The Seattle Times, I look at several devices that are making my home better, as well as the effect it’s had on my family and I: Making a smart move with HomeKit smart-home ...

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The Best 360-Degree Camera

Here’s something a long time coming. I’m thrilled to announce that I have a new guide at The Wirecutter: The Best 360-Degree Camera. This is by far one of the most interesting projects I’ve done. 360-degree cameras capture the entire sphere around the photographer, in stills or video, which is great for getting a better ...

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Why I Ordered a 2016 MacBook Pro

While Apple was introducing the new 2016 MacBook Pro during its recent media event, I was ready to place my order. My workhorse 2010 MacBook Pro, which I’ve Frankenstein’d in various ways to eke out more life, is now enough behind the curve that it’s time for an upgrade. (It’ll make a great Mac for ...

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Why Your Next iPhone Won’t Be Ceramic

This topic came up with a friend over the weekend: Now that Apple is making a ceramic Apple Watch, how long before we see a ceramic iPhone? The always-excellent Greg Koenig of Luma Labs explains not only why we likely won’t see one for a while, but also gets across the sheer scale of manufacturing ...

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Photoversity Presets in Aurora HDR 2017

Over at Photoversity, I created a free set of presets for Aurora HDR that apply pre-cooked looks when editing images in Macphun’s impressive HDR application. However, when they released Aurora HDR 2017 last month, my presets disappeared! After a bit of sleuthing, I discovered that Macphun changed the filename extension used by the presets. They ...

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Joe Kissell’s Take Control of Parallels Desktop 12

This is no longer a new idea, but I still feel a twinge of amazement when I can run Windows on my Mac. In the dark ages, the divide between Mac and Windows computers was almost too wide, and we relied on methods of sharing data that were like running across fraying rope bridges. Now, ...

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iPad Pro: Not a Question of If, Son, but Which One?

My esteemed colleague Julio Ojeda-Zapata knows that you should buy an iPad Pro if you’re in the market for a new tablet, but which model? The 12.9-inch model has a beautiful screen and faster performance, while the 9.7-inch model is a bit lighter and offers the True Tone display (and a wider color gamut). In ...

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Take Control of Slack

If you’re not using Slack, there’s a good chance you will soon. Slack is a service for exchanging messages and data among groups. It’s not the first attempt at this type of software, but it’s certainly one of the most popular. Small businesses use it so employees can stay in touch no matter where they ...